Aiki Mechanics

Japanese / NPB mechanics are better than MLB's. Not to make a value judgment, of course

American baseball mechanics focus (more) on checkpoints at one moment in time:  Pitchers get tall, point the toe down on the leg kick, keep the hand outside the elbow, etc.

Aiki mechanics focus (more) on the transfer of weight through time, and the organization of the body around the CG.  How smoothly are you accelerating your weight?  Is your shoulder drawing energy from your hip?  Where are the "rays" of intention pointing from your belt buckle?

Aikido has four Golden Principles.  These apply equally to any sports, or indeed any use of the human (or animal) body:

1.  Relax - in baseball this is seen in tempo, for example.

2.  Keep one point - be aware of your CG and how power always flows from it.

3.  Keep weight underside - e.g. the way Brad Miller and Mike Napoli sink their weight to hit.

4.  Extend Ki - imagine "rays" coming from your fingers, your eyes, your belt buckle, and the same for your opponent.  This captures all forms of anticipation, including the high fastball setting up the yakker.  It includes throwing the ball through the target rather than at it.  It includes the way batters subliminally pick up a pitch before it's released.  etc.

Aiki mechanics are not the "magic bullet" to hitting .300.  But like Wakamatsu told his clubhouse:  instead of making fun of Ichiro, you might want to learn from him.

Cheers,

Dr D

Posts in this blog:

those eyelids look like "soft vision" and "relaxation" to me, sensei
Posted on: 06/12/18
20 Comments
Casey, mighty Casey ... how does that go again?
Posted on: 04/03/18
7 Comments
when two side .gif's provide the last 30% of a hitter evaluation
Posted on: 12/01/17
4 Comments
of weight sinks, weight floats, grace and balance
Posted on: 12/01/17
3 Comments
Posted on: 12/01/17
2 Comments
That’s despite ...
Posted on: 12/01/17
9 Comments
As a rule, the Mainframe does not object to adding Grandmasters to the team
Posted on: 10/30/17
2 Comments
Posted on: 10/06/17
16 Comments
grimace vs gratitude, Dept.
Posted on: 07/16/17
4 Comments
About 30% of his pitches, to be candid
Posted on: 07/15/17
3 Comments
Nice to finally see a Scrub SB that the Mainframe *likes*
Posted on: 06/05/17
11 Comments
minor significance, major enigma
Posted on: 02/28/17
2 Comments
Sadaharu Oh sez, Let the pitch arrive at its own pace, and be there to greet it
Posted on: 11/25/16
55 Comments
but who needs information, when you have a captive baseball audience?
Posted on: 11/05/16
3 Comments
the key is in the eye action
Posted on: 11/05/16
4 Comments
see what a single can do for you? yyyeaahhhh baby
Posted on: 11/03/16
5 Comments
either that, or it's an excuse for Dr. D to talk up Mesut Ozil
Posted on: 11/02/16
2 Comments
The M's got their share
Posted on: 10/29/16
1 Comments
If it doesn't, it should
Posted on: 10/15/16
2 Comments
Spain no longer what they were
Posted on: 10/09/16
Proprioception, Dept.
Posted on: 10/03/16
One of the most fun games of the season
Posted on: 09/14/16
6 Comments
let's get our arms around it, first 'v all
Posted on: 08/05/16
this painting has it just about right. Heh!
Posted on: 07/23/16
4 Comments
what, was Lou Gehrig not available Doc?
Posted on: 07/22/16
4 Comments
cheap at half the price
Posted on: 07/21/16
2 Comments
Posted on: 06/26/16
6 Comments
the Poster Boy for the M's June identity :- )
Posted on: 06/24/16
11 Comments
that, or a couple of home runs go foul
Posted on: 06/08/16
3 Comments

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